Hungry Haley

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The Happy Plate (Vegan, GF, Grain-free option)

Vegan, Gluten-FreeHaley HansenComment

Since I transitioned into veganism, my lunches and dinners have mainly consisted of a ginormous plate of steamed or roasted vegetables, rice or quinoa or whole-grain bread/tortillas, and some sort of protein. I absolutely LOVE coming home from a long day of classes or work knowing that dinner will be done in a flash, my plate will be full, and my tastebuds will be beyond satisfied (three more reasons to love veganism, right there). 

These plates are so simple and too good not to share!

Tip: 

  • when you buy vegetables in bulk, take a half hour or so when you get home from shopping to prep them so that they're all ready for the week. 
    • wash, peel, cut, spiralize, or however you like to prep each one 
    • steam, roast, bake, or leave raw

I've made this plate a thousand times (okay, maybe no that many) over the past two months and I've done it a couple different ways. Here's the first...

2 red potatoes (boiled), broccoli (steamed), tempeh (seared), lettuce, tahini dressing (recipe here

And here's the second! 

1 large russet potato (roasted), spinach (steamed), carrots and zucchini (steamed), tahini dressing and cilantro 

Don't hesitate to personalize this - if you prefer other veggies, use those instead! I called this "The Happy Plate" because these veggies are some of my favorites and make me so happy when I eat them. They're my comfort foods, but if they aren't yours, don't force yourself to eat them! 

Makes 1 big plate 

1 baking potato, or 2 red potatoes
1/2-2 cups of your favorite veggies (I prefer non-starchy ones to balance w/ the potato)
2-3 oz. tempeh (tofu works too) 
OR
1/2 cup beans or lentils
Tahini dressing (recipe here)
Optional: cilantro, hot sauce for topping

  1. Bake, roast, or boil your potatoes to cook them. If you roast them, you'll need a little oil, but just a little! 
  2. Steam your veggies and cook your protein according to package directions.
  3. Finally, when the potatoes are ready, place everything on a plate, drizzle with tahini and cilantro or hot sauce, if using. 
  4. YUM :) 

How are you going to personalize this recipe? Comment below or tag me on instagram!